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Raymond C. Ralston, age 87, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Otterbein Portage Care Center in Pemberville, OH. Ray was born September 8, 1926, in Toledo, OH to Otha and Anna Ralston. A 1949 graduate of Macomber High School, Ray was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army serving from 1945 to 1947. He was a contractor by trade and was owner of Ankney and Ralston, Inc. for 36 years until retiring in 2001. Ray was an avid fan of car racing and attended the Indy 500 time trials for 50 years. He also enjoyed NASCAR racing, especially going to Eldora Speedway in New Weston, OH. Ray was a huge fan of Al Jolson.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Alice; children, Daniel Ralston and Nancy (Brian) Gallat, and granddaughter, Jen Gallat. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Keith.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 11 a.m. until services begin at 1 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.). Interment will follow at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd. Perrysburg, OH 43551 or Honor Flight, Inc. 300 E. Auburn Springfield, OH 45505. Online condolences may be shared at
Walker Funeral Home
5155 West Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623
Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 23, 2014